durity

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin duritas, from durus (hard).

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durity

  1. (obsolete) hardness; firmness
    • 1650, Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica: [], 2nd edition, London: [] A[braham] Miller, for Edw[ard] Dod and Nath[aniel] Ekins, [], OCLC 152706203:
      it cometh short of their compactness and durity; and, therefore, requireth not the emery, as the saphire, granite, and topaz, but will receive impression from steel, in a manner like the turquoise.
  2. (obsolete) harshness; cruelty
    • 1689, Richard Braithwaite, Remembrances of Methods, Orders, and Proceedings [] in the House of Lords:
      [] surrendred to the said John by the said William by durity and menaces

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